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Parliamentary Reporter. WELLINGTON, this day. The development of South Island tourist attractions and the establishment of a new Southern Lakes acclimatisation district, which is to be controlled by the Department of Internal Affairs, were referred to to-day in a statement by the Minister in Charge, Mr. Parry. An Order-in-Council has been issued denning the boundaries of this new district, the nucleus of which was previously the existing lakes acclimatisation district, but it also includes portion of the contiguous districts of Westland, Otago and Southland.

The offer of the former society, asking the Government to take over this area, was gladly accepted, said Mr. Parry, as it was intended to spend a considerable sum in tourist development in the Southern Lakes area, and the facilities available through the acclimatisation district will be a welcome adjunct to the many other scenic attractions.

The Minister went on to compare the new district with its North Island counterpart the Rotorua-Taupo area, which has for some years been under the control of the same Department. Extending from Bruce Bay in the north to the southern end of the South Island, and lying between the West Coast and a general line as its eastern boundaries from the vicinity of Mount Cook, down a division between the mountainous and lowlands of Southland and Otago.. it is essentially a land of mountains, glaciers, mighty rivers, lakes and forests. The waters carry a wide range of acclimatised species of fish; and shooting enthusiasts may be assured of a varied bag of game.

"There is ample ground for optimism regarding the future development of the district as a sportsman's paradise, and it will be a welcome adjunct to the unrivalled scenic beauties of the area," added Mr Parry. "The acquisition of this district, together with the tourist activity which is to take place, will assist in putting the South Island on the map, and should be welcomed by those who, for so long, have pressed the claims of southern people in the belief that they have not had their full share in the tourist traffic, which, in post-war years, will undoubtedly become one of our major industries.

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DEVELOPMENT PLAN, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 176, 27 July 1945

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DEVELOPMENT PLAN Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 176, 27 July 1945

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